The Perfect Attire for Summer Driving

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Both long-distance and stop-and-start city driving can be exceptionally uncomfortable in the summer heat.   While air condition feels nice, it can be unreliable, break or actually cause health ailments, so some people like to use it sparingly.

Here are some summer driving tips:

  • Keep a cooler bag with ice and enough water in the car so that you can drink enough. Make especially sure that children, elderly and pets stay adequately hydrated in hot weather.

  • Avoid heavy hot meals. Have a supply of fruit in a cooler bag with your water.

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light coloured clothing. If your job requires that you wear formal clothing, drive in light clothes and change at work. It should go without saying, but try not to change your clothes in the car while driving.  Only superman would have been good at that, and distracted driving laws really frown upon that.

  • If at all possible, avoid cotton clothing. It soaks up your sweat and prevents it from evaporating. This increases your body temperature. If you have to drive long distances, the best place to shop for appropriate summer driving clothes might be shops that deal with sweat.  Athletic stores are experts in loose, quick dry clothing which might be ideal for hot summer driving days.

  • Protect your eyes from the sun's glare. You can either use sunglasses, a hat or a properly adjustable sun visor in the car.  But once again, don’t let this impede your vision.

  • While driving bare foot might feel cool, if an accident happens, your feet will be at risk.  You can wear sandals or cool shoes, but it’s advisable not to go shoe less.
    If you drive a convertible, put down the top, wear a hat, use sunscreen and enjoy feeling the breeze!